The first Berlinale Talent Campus will take place from February 10 to 14 during the 53rd Berlin International Film Festival at the House of World Cultures

Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick, in co-operation with Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg's Prof. Klaus Keil and U.K. Film Council's Paul Trijbits, is inviting up-and-coming filmmakers from all around the world to take part in the event.

The campus offers up to 500 young authors, producers, directors, cameramen and actors the opportunity to learn from and discuss with experienced professionals and to reflect on career perspectives.

In a five-day program, the Talent Campus will cover the entire spectrum of film-making: from the latest technological developments and stylistic trends to ethical approaches. The curriculum corresponds with the stages of creating a film, including pre-production production, post-production and promotion.

According to Kosslick: "The idea is that the people will leave in an electrified state and say: 'That helped me with my new project - or my life.' You don't have to reduce everything to celluloid. Of course, that's important. But it's much more important that you put yourself into a situation which enables you to have a new artistic idea, to make a new film."

Young filmmakers from all around the world can apply via the internet at Deadline is December 6, 2002. A share of the travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed to all selected talent.